CRN Exclusive: PlanetOne President Tenders Resignation As Company Closes Out 25th Anniversary


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Lauren Shapiro, president of master agent PlanetOne Communications, has resigned, CRN has learned.

Shapiro, a telecom veteran of more than three decades, said that she has accomplished her goals as a leader working for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based master agent since 2010 and that her team will continue to take PlanetOne to new heights.

"I’ve had the privilege over these past seven years to build an amazing team and see them flourish and exceed their goals," Shapiro told CRN. "I cherish the relationships I’ve built with our partner and supplier community, many of whom have become good friends."

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Ted Schuman, founder and CEO of PlanetOne wishes all the best to Shapiro on her next opportunity.

"When I first spoke to [Shapiro] about coming out of retirement and joining PlanetOne, she agreed to give me six months for a major project we had underway – that was seven years ago," Schuman said. "Her contributions were many, and we look forward to hearing what’s next for her.”

Shapiro joined PlanetOne in 2010 as the company's vice president of operations. In 2013, she became the company's president.

PlanetOne is hosting its Tech Tour next month in Scottsdale, its year-end educational and networking event for its channel partners. The company is expecting more than 200 sales partners, as well as supplier partners at the event. 

Schuman said that the company is growing and investing in new technologies, like cloud and SD-WAN. 

“There’s never been a better time to be in this business and this industry," he said. "[We] will close out our 25th anniversary with a record year of revenues and results.”

At the same time, PlanetOne is looking to grow its team, from channel account managers to sales engineers and senior-level executives, according to Schuman.

"We will continue to hire folks with a growth mindset, the expertise to excel, and the drive to deliver an exceptional partner experience,” he said.

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